Eclipse-chasers from LI wait for their day (not) in the sun – New York News

As moths are attracted to light, so are Long Island sky watchers gravitating to a narrow corridor of the country, running diagonally from Oregon across to South Carolina, along which the sky goes dark during daylight hours on Aug. 21.

That’s when, in a much anticipated celestial lineup, the sun, moon and Earth align, with the moon blocking the sun and casting its moon shadow on Earth in a total eclipse of the sun.

For Long Islanders, the view will be partial, with just over 70 percent of the sun blocked out at the peak time of 2:46 p.m., according to, a site that provides data on time, calendars and astronomical phenomena.

With eclipse-chasers and others being drawn from around the world, accommodations are pretty much booked all along that 70 mile or so wide stretch where the total eclipse can be viewed, said Sue Rose, of East Meadow, a retired air traffic controller and president of the Amateur Observers’ Society of New York.

In fact, she said, “it’s already predicted to be the largest traffic jam in the history of the world.”

Stephanie Burns and her husband, Stephen Burns Jr., and their children, Madeline, 7, and Taryn, 5, look to the sun wearing eclipse goggles near their home on…

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